Is there a way to hook up a converter box to a 5 inch tv? It does have a plug where you can hook up the old antenna wire. Not the ones with the screw ends but the kind where you strip the ends and wrap the wire around two screws. Thank you.
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Hi.I assume you can watch some channels, using your indoor digital antenna. As far as I know, you need an intermediate "box", or interface between the cable TV coming in, and the decoder. This has to be installed by the cable company. Between the decoder and the interface, there are two connections. One signal connection and one UTP wire connection for communication between both units.At least, that's how it works in Belgium and most other countries.
1) Connect the converter box to a good digital TV antenna and position the antenna as high and as close to a window as possible.
2) Set the converter box 'output switch' to an unused channel for your area. (Usually 2, 3 or 4.)
3) Connect the output of the converter box to the 'antenna input' on the TV.
4) Turn on both units and set the TV channel to the same output channel selected above.
5) Now select TV channels using the converter box remote only. The TV should receive all converted channels on the preselected channel.
6) Adjust the TV antenna for the best reception for all channels.
Hi, I am posting the instructions of how to set up the analog converter box :- Hope it will you. ·Things you’llneed: Analog TV, antenna, two coaxial cable, and converter box ·Instructions: Step 1 Unplug coaxial cable on the back of TV "antenna in" (RF) port Step 2 Insert coaxial wire into the "antenna in" on the converter box Step 3 Use second coaxial wire and plug in the converter box, "out to TV" port. Plug the other end into “antenna in" on the TV Step 4 Power on the converter box and TV. Change TV channel to 3 or 4. Follow on screen instruction to Complete setup. Step 5 After setup you will begin to see more channels than before with better clarity. Some stations will broadcast two or three channels. Enjoy
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You will need a converter to record onto a VCR. I can't remember the when the FCC require VCR to have digital, but I know yours old enough it has an analog tuner. Take your antenna connection to the in on the converter box, then you can take the out from the converter box to the in on the vcr and finally take the out to tv to the tv. To record you have to have the vcr on 3 or 4 and use the converter box to do the channel changing.
Another way would be take the in to the converter and use RCA cables to the line in on the vcr, and line out to the to the tv. This will give you stereo sound.
You don't need a digital antenna; any indoor UHF/VHF antenna will work. The antenna and the TV both connect to the converter box, not to each other.
rabbit ears (UHF/VHF) antenna with flat wire (300 ohm) connections can be hooked up to the coaxial cable that goes to the Antenna (RF in) jack on the converter box by using a balun (Radio Shack catalog # 15-1297, about $8). If you have an antenna with coaxial cable already attached, you don't need the balun.
To connect the TV to the converter box, you need an adapter that has an F jack on one end and a
1/8" plug on the other (Radio Shack catalog # 278-257, about $5). The
1/8" plug on the adapter goes in the external antenna jack on the TV, and
the other end connects to the coaxial cable that goes to the TV (RF out) jack
on the converter box.
First unplug your current antenna from your tv and plug it into the "Antenna In" coax port in the back of your converter box. Then take coax and run it from the only other coax place on your converter box back to where your antenna was previously hooked in on your tv. If after you run "scan" on your converter box it is saying " no signal " or "signal lost" or something along those lines, go to www.antennaweb.org to see what type of antenna will best fit your location then print it off and bring it to a local store that sells antennas, they should be able to direct you to the right one.
When you have your converter box hooked directly with coax to your tv, is your antenna then plugged into your converter box in the "antenna in" port? What do you mean by it doesn't work? Does it say no signal? If so, you just need a stronger antenna. If not, you may have a defective box, bring it back to the place you got it and see if they can help.
Your TV is old enough to have not only screw terminals for the antenna, but it sounds like it has separate UHF and VHF terminals as well. Pick up a 75-ohm to 300-ohm adapter (available at Radio Shack and probably most other places that sell TV's and antennas). This is a small cylinder-shaped part with a threaded antenna connector on one end, and a flat wire with two terminals on the other end. Connect the cable from the converter box to the round connector, hook the two terminals to the VHF antenna screws on your TV, put the TV on channel 3 and you'll be set.
You should also pick up a new antenna designed to work with digital broadcasting. If you use the old rabbit ears you were using before, you will probably not pick up all the channels available in your area.